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Center Director and email address: Professor Friday E. Okonofua,; Friday.okonofua@cerhi.uniben/edu.


Primary Thematic Discipline of Center: Reproductive health and population studies


Brief Description of Center: The Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI) at the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria is aimed at building capacity within sub-Saharan African countries to address the challenges of population, reproductive health and development in the region. The Centre focuses on training Masters and PhD students in the disciplines of Reproductive Health, Public Health, Nursing and Health Economics with the aim to equip graduates with technical and entrepreneurial skills required to drive the next generation of policymaking and programming in the field of reproductive health and development in Africa, especially within the context of the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in the continent.


Mission of CERHI: To implement high quality training and applied research for reproductive health professionals needed to build a new cohort of human resource for reducing the region’s high burden of fertility, unsafe abortion, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS.


Vision of CERHI: To be a leading institution providing innovative and transformational changes on matters relating to population and development and the improvement of the living standards of citizens in Africa.


Core Values: Our values are Transparency (T), Effectiveness (E), and Accountability (A) – the TEA agenda.


Key Objectives and Expected Outcomes:


Key Objectives

  • Short courses in reproductive health policy topics in the region.
  • Masters in reproductive health, public health, health economics and nursing.
  • PhDs in reproductive health, public health, and nursing.
  • Develop regional laboratory capacity to support HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health related problems.


Expected Outcomes

  • New Masters and PhDs programs in reproductive health, public health, nursing and health economics
  • Staff and students participating in outreach experience into the private sector and other regional partners
  • Delivery of short courses on reproductive health related topics.
  • Formation of regional partnerships to increase regional faculty and students at the center
  • Increased academic productivity by center student and faculty through academic paper output and research grant applications


Major Accomplishments to Date


  1. Enrolments
PhD 25
Masters 226
Male 109
Female 125
Male 7
Female 10
Total no. of students proceeding on internships and workplace experiences 135
Short Courses
Total No. of Participants 644
Recent Publications – 2016/2017  78
National Accreditation 7 courses
International accreditation Initiated


2) Ultra-modern learning facilities consisting of:

  • A new building complete with two lecture theatres equipped new teaching facilities – audiovisuals, smart-boards, TV screens, etc.
  • Fully equipped administrative offices
  • Full internet access
  • Reproductive health library with hard books and e-copies of books and journals
  • Video conferencing facilities
  • Reproductive health laboratory
  • Uninterrupted power supply


3) A Guest House for visiting academics and faculties


4) International Students hostel


Primary Regional and Global Partners:



  • University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • University of Medical Sciences, Ondo
  • Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
  • University of Niamey, Niger
  • Ghana Health Service – contact is Dr. Patrick Aboagye, Director of Reproductive/Family health
  • CEA-SAMEF –through Prof Ousmane Ndiaye
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka


Global Partners

  • Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Maryland, USA
  • University of Ottawa, Canada
  • University of Leeds, UK
  • University of Alabama


Senior Faculty Email Address Research Area
Professor Friday E. Okonofua; Reproductive health; maternal health; fertility research
Prof. (Mrs.) O. Okojie Public health
Prof.  (Mrs) H. Oboh Basic sciences in reproductive health
Dr. Peter Sede Health economics
Dr. (Mrs) E. Ogboghodo Public health
Dr. A.R.Isara Public health
Dr. C.A Ighodaro Health economics
Prof. C.A. Okonkwo Oncology, obstetrics and gynaecology and reproductive health
Dr. (Mrs.) M. Osifo Nursing
Dr  J.A.Afemikhe Nursing
Dr.  A. I. Obi Public health
Dr.  Kehinde Osazee Reproductive health
Dr. F. U Okafor Nursing
Abdoul Nounoh Public health, international health
Dr (Mrs) Nana Madugu Reproductive health
Dr Michael Gbala Reproductive health
Dr G.Ohihoin Reproductive health
Prof. Oladokun Reproductive health
Prof Benjamin Ozumba Reproductive health, maternal health
Dr (Mrs.) Lorretta Ntoimo Demography and social statistics, sociology
Prof (Mrs) Nkoli Aniekwu Reproductive health law, and ethics
Professor Eugene Okpere Reproductive health